Sidney Powell Says She’ll Retract Election Fraud Claims If Proven Wrong
Sidney Powell, the attorney who has been pushing claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election on behalf of Donald Trump, and fighting to have the election invalidated, has had her cases dismissed, her claims challenged, and her efforts to vet these claims questioned. She’s stood firm, even as claim after claim has failed. Now, she has announced what it would take to get her to retract the unsupported claims: evidence that she’s making it up.
Patriot Takes shared a clip of Powell talking about what it would take to get her to retract unfounded claims. She says that she would do so only if Dominion Voting Systems proves that her false claims are false.
Sidney Powell says she’ll be happy to retract her statements about Dominion if they show her that she’s wrong about voter fraud. pic.twitter.com/nBX60ke8oY
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) September 20, 2021
There are two problems with this stipulation. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that the burden of proof is on the claimant — that is, if Powell and others keep making allegations they can’t back up, it’s their job to prove them, not the responsibility of others to disprove one false claim after another.
Perhaps more importantly, though, Powell has already admitted the claims, for which she’s facing a defamation suit, shouldn’t be believed.
Specifically, she suggested, in a motion to dismiss, that the statements she’s made about Dominion couldn’t be defamation if no reasonable person would think they were intended to be statements of fact:
Analyzed under these factors, and even assuming, arguendo, that each of the statements alleged in the Complaint could be proved true or false, no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.
Furthermore, Dominion is moving forward with their case against her — in court, Powell may be the one forced to show proof of her claims, or pay for them.